Professional Development Resources

*NEW* Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division. Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Labor and Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office: Judy Mott

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form. Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

Programming at the Forestry Outreach Center

Community Hike

  • Every Saturday from 12:30-3:00 PM at the Forestry Outreach Center (2047 Big Hill Road, Berea, KY).

Documentary Dialogues

  • Every Third Thursday of the winter months from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Forestry Outreach Center beginning on January 18th. Light refreshments provided.

Trainings at the Center for Career and Workforce Development at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)

The Center for Career and Workforce Development at EKU has a variety of trainings available, including:

  • Basic Core Concepts I:  Core Concepts I provides participants the opportunity to learn vital skills needed to successfully supervise in today’s ever changing workplace.  This course is based around the following topics:  Learning your new role, Expectations of Supervision, Motivating and Coaching Others, and other critical issues.
  • Sexual Harassment:  A practicing attorney will discuss current issues that supervisors need to know for today’s workplace.
  • Creative Problem Solving:  Learn how to effectively apply creative techniques for problem solving while capitalizing on your own creative talents.
  • Excel 2013 Basic/Intermediate/Advanced:  Learn what Excel 2013 is and how to navigate it to customizing spreadsheets.
  • Customer Service:  This course will provide tips for dealing with difficult people, how to be assertive without appearing rude, and techniques for working with the public.
  • Motivating Employees:  Learn practical leadership skills to increase employee motivation and performance
  • Time Management:  Designed for anyone who wants to do a better job managing their time both in the workplace and at home
  • Conflict Management:  Use communication skills to defuse conflict and solve problems.
  • Generational Differences:  Learn how work behaviors result from values that may vary based upon generation, stage in career, and stage in life
  • Emotional Intelligence:  Understand how aware you are of your emotions as well as those of others, how to deal with negative emotions, and how to utilize positive emotions to improve performance.

2018 Spring Schedule

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Basic Core Concepts I
  • Thursday, February 08, 2018 Sexual Harassment
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 Creative Problem Solving
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 Excel 2013 Basic
  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 Customer Service
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018 Motivating Employees
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 Excel 2013 Intermediate
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time Management
  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Conflict Management
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 Generational Differences
  • Friday, May 25, 2018 Excel 2013 Advanced
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Emotional Intelligence

If you have interest in any of these sessions please contact EKU and register for the session.  You can find more information at their website: Or contact them at: Workforce Education, 202 Perkins Building, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475-3102. Phone: (859) 622-8405. Fax: (859) 622-6205. Email:

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). More information can be found here. To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Alicestyne Turley ( (log-in through MyBerea portal)

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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BC Staff Development, Spring 2018

Jan 24 (W)               Orientation Program for New Staff Employees
                                     (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

Jan 31 (W)               Orientation Program for New Staff Employees
                                    (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

March 14 (W)         Key Concepts for Performance Evaluation – for non-supervisors
                                     (9:00 a.m. to 11:30, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

March 14 (W)         Conducting Effective Performance Evaluation – for supervisors
                                     (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

March 29 (Th)        Strength Based Personal Leadership
                                     (8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

April 25 (W)            Orientation Program for New Staff Employees
                                     (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

May 9 & 16 (W)     Intersection of Identity – Working well with others in a complex inter-cultural workplace

Please note – this workshop is presented over two sessions that occur a week apart. Attendance is required for both sessions.

  • Part 1 – May 9 (8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)
  • Part 2 – May 16 (8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

For more information, contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436. To register for any of these workshops, please click the link, above.

Other On-Campus Events/Groups:

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).

Run/Walk with the Presidential Trio

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Graduation & Commencement (tickets required)

Berea College Convocations

General Faculty Assembly Meetings

Berea Music Program Events

The Peanut Butter & Gender Luncheon Series

Center for International Education Events

The Celebration of Traditional Music

Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education Programs and Events

Events at the bell hooks Institute

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups 

Upcoming Dean’s Reading Groups for Spring 2018 include:

If you are interested in joining one of the groups listed above, email Sarah Broomfield at: Please know that we may have to limit the size of each group if demand is high. We will keep track of numbers and confirm your participation. Once your participation is confirmed, our office will order a copy of the book for you and have it for you in our office to pick up. If you have a print disability and would like your book(s) in an accessible format, please contact Sarah Broomfield as soon as possible. We ask as a condition of receiving a book that participants attend the book discussions.

Participation in Community Reading Groups

The Doris Ulmann Galleries

Campus Master Calendar (Often includes other campus events open to the general public including things like athletic events, presentations, lectures, community outreach events, and more)

Let Sam Cole know about any events that should be added to this list!